I’ve been sick now for almost a week, and this morning I literally could not even get myself out of bed. That is, until I remembered I had a huge bowl of nuts soaking in the fridge, ready to make some homemade Almond Milk! Nothing like delicious food (or drink) to get you out of bed and moving again.
I love this recipe because it’s ingredients are pure and simple. When completing my first Whole30 I was a little disappointed when I realized it was near impossible to find a compliant Almond Milk at any grocery store. If you look closely to the labels (like every good Whole 30er does!) then you’ll notice a little sneaky culprit in there called Carrageenan. When doing a Wh0le 30 (or really everyone should heed this advice) be sure to steer clear of this nasty ingredient used for it’s gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties. If you want an all natural almond milk, really the only way to do it is make your own at home!
But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! And you are going to love how delicious and easy this recipe is! I also thought making my own almond milk was going to be so expensive, but really it’s quite budget friendly. It’s just 1 part almond, and 4 parts water. But my recipe has a few other things to make it extra tasty!
My favorite places to buy the almonds and Medjool dates are Coscto and Trader Joes. As for vanilla beans, I asked my friend Shauna Green (who happens to be an expert on Vanilla beans, apparently) says the best source to buy them is Amazon. So I did some research and these Certified Organic Frontier Bulk Vanilla Bourbon Beans Whole are the ticket!
And because I know you’ll all want to know where to get my cute milk carafe, I picked it up this week at IKEA, which I can’t seem to find on their website yet, but I did find this cute style on Amazon that would be darilng too! And my cute Gold Striped Paper Straws are from Amazon as well. Happy milking!!!
Homemade Almond Milk
DF, GF, Paleo, and Whole 30
- 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 cups water
- 4 softened dates, pitted
- 2 vanilla beans, scraped (optional)*
- In a small bowl or mason jar add almonds, 2 cups of water, and salt. Allow to soak in refrigerator overnight (24 hours is best).
- After soaking, drain out the water and rinse. You can then remove the peel, or not. It’s up to you!
- In a high speed blender (like a Blendtec), add the almonds, 4 cups of water, 4 dates (you can microwave them in water for 20 seconds to soften and remove the pits), and the seeds from your scraped vanilla (optional). Blend on high speed for 50-60 seconds or until nuts are completely broken down (On my Blendtec I use the “Juice” button).
- In a large bowl, strain your milk through a few layers of cheesecloth, a nut milk bag, or my awesome towels that I love from IKEA (I use them for everything!)
- Store in the fridge in a tight sealing container for up to 7 days.
*For anyone NOT on Whole 30, you may substitute with Vanilla extract.